Nigeria and South Africa, two African football powerhouses, are set for an intense showdown this Friday night as they clash in the third week of the CAF World Cup qualifiers.


NGA vs RSA: Super Eagles Team News, Possible Lineup, And Kickoff Time For The World Cup Qualifiers


The highly anticipated match will unfold at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, promising a thrilling contest as both sides compete for vital points in Group C.

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Nigeria, playing on home turf, currently occupies the fourth spot in Group C with two points garnered from their initial two encounters. Despite their drawn matches, the Super Eagles are eager to utilize their home advantage and the unwavering support of their fans to clinch a crucial victory.

Meanwhile, South Africa enters the fixture in a slightly more favorable position, trailing Group C leaders Rwanda by just one point with three points to their name. With promising performances in the early qualifiers, a triumph in Uyo could propel Bafana Bafana to the summit of the group standings, enhancing their prospects of advancing to the World Cup.

Team News:

Ahead of Nigeria’s pivotal CAF World Cup qualifier against South Africa, the Super Eagles will be without several key players.

Notably, Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is sidelined due to injury, posing a significant setback to Nigeria’s attacking potency.

In addition to Osimhen’s absence, head coach George has made some surprising selection decisions, omitting seasoned forward Ahmed Musa and veteran defender Kenneth Omeruo from the squad.

Furthermore, Nathan Tella has requested to be excused from the team due to personal reasons, further thinning the squad.

In response to these notable absences, George has turned to fresh talent from the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), including rising stars Kenneth Igboke and Sodiq Ismael. Their inclusion signals a potential shift towards nurturing domestic talent.

Additionally, Rizespor midfielder Ibrahim Olawoyin has been called up, poised to inject dynamism into Nigeria’s midfield.

Check out the potential lineup for Nigeria’s clash against South Africa:

Nwabali; Osayi-Samuel, Ajayi, Tanimu, Bassey; Ndidi, Onyedika; Lookman, Iwobi, Chukwueze; Boniface.

Kickoff Time:

The game is scheduled to kick off at precisely 8 PM Nigerian Time.